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King of Norway Goes Fishing in Iceland

King of Norway Harald V is coming to the country next week on an informal visit. He will be fishing for salmon in Vatnsdalsá in northwest Iceland at the invitation of a friend. A group of male friends will be traveling together.

Vatnsdalsá in Vatnsdalur valley. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Pétur Pétursson, the river’s lessee, confirmed this to Morgunbladid. According to him, neither Queen Sonja nor other royal visitors will join the king and his entourage on their salmon fishing trip.

Sven Gjerulfsen, the information officer at the Oslo royal palace, wouldn’t reveal any details of the king’s trip, saying it is a private visit.

Although fishing has been poor lately due to drought, Pétursson said there is plenty of salmon in Vatnsdalsá so the king shouldn’t be disappointed.

There are also other big fish around according to the newspaper’s sources; the rocker Eric Clapton is also fishing for salmon in the river.

Harald V was last on an official visit in Iceland in 2007 when Snorrastofa, the Snorri Sturluson medieval center at his home in Reykholt, opened.

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